Greatest Quotes of Nelson Mandela


Get to know the legendary Nelson Mandela through these Nelson Mandela quotes.

Nelson Mandela is the world’s symbol for democracy and social justice. In life, he was a controversial figure with critics from the right calling him a communist and a terrorist, while critics from the left thought that he was too eager for reconciliation with apartheid supporters. Nevertheless, he won the Nobel Peace Price and received more than 250 awards.

Nelson Mandela was a driving force during his lifetime. He will forever be remembered for taking his country from the extremes of apartheid to democracy.

Learn more about the workings of this amazing man from his personal quotes and anecdotes. Which is the most meaningful Nelson Mandela quotes for you?

Greatest Quotes by Nelson Mandela

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

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I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

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When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

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For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

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Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

When people are determined they can overcome anything.

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A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.

Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.

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There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.

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Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.

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Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

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Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.

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To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

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As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

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No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

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